Selma Blair: James Toback Implied I'd Be Killed If I Told

Rachel McAdams has also come forward
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2017 4:55 AM CDT
Selma Blair: James Toback Implied I'd Be Killed If I Told
James Toback, director/producer/subject of the HBO documentary film "Seduced and Abandoned," takes part in a panel discussion during HBO's Summer 2013 TCA panel in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have come forward to join more than 200 other women accusing director James Toback of sexual harassment. In a disturbing account to Vanity Fair, Blair says Toback lured her to a hotel room in 1999 and, after she refused to have sex with him, insisted on pleasuring himself by rubbing himself against her leg. She says he then apparently threatened her life, telling her that there had been a girl who went against him, and: "I am going to tell you, and this is a promise, if she ever tells anybody, no matter how much time she thinks went by, I have people who will pull up in a car, kidnap her, and throw her in the Hudson River with cement blocks on her feet. You understand what I'm talking about, right?"

Blair says was scared for her life then and still is, but she came forward out of "pure rage" after Toback called other accusers liars. Rachel McAdams tells Vanity Fair that when she was 21, the director told her a visit to his hotel room would be her only chance to discuss her audition for Harvard Man. She says after she arrived, Toback told her he had "masturbated countless times" thinking about her that day and asked to see her pubic hair. "I was very lucky that I left and he didn't actually physically assault me in any way," she says. The Guardian reports that on Wednesday, Julianne Moore tweeted that in the '80s, Toback had approached her "with the same language" he used with other women, asking her to come back to his apartment for an audition. (More James Toback stories.)

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